Saving Face

{Me, sans makeup.} Fact: I am terrified of facials. Petrified. Frozen with fear. I know, it’s the most ridiculous thing in the entire world to be afraid of, but trust me I am. It all dates back to a decade ago, to a facial situation that left me at the dermatologists office begging for a prescription to undo what had been done to me. It took PRESCRIPTION MEDS to get my skin back to normal, prescription meds! My forehead was a virtual rough terrain for a Range Rover test drive. If I were the eighth dwarf, my name would have been Bumpy. It wasn’t pretty, and, worse yet, it took forever and three weeks to get rid of it. With prescription meds, people. Forget aesthetician, this lady was a mess-thetician. Yeah, so that’s why I’m mortified of facials. But when Neiman Marcus recently invited me to get a facial with a…Read More

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Lululemon Colab Lands in the U.S.

{Future Varsity Pullover Sweatshirt: c/o Lululemon Colab. Leggings: Lululemon. Beanie: c/o Twitten. Shoes: Vans. Future Varsity Bra (seen below): c/o Lululemon Colab. Collaborative photography effort by me and kiddo.} Behold, Lululemon Colab for the first time ever in the States! What’s Colab, you ask? As a self-professed Lululemon junkie, I have to admit I had no idea what it was either. Apparently, there is a magical factory in Canada that makes what is basically bespoke Lululemon. This heaven on earth is known as the Lululemon Lab. And for the first time ever, the Lab released a collection, called Colab, which made its U.S.A. debut last week. The collection arrived in the Southeast at Lululemon South Miami. And I was there, hosting the event, to help introduce Lululemon fans to the line. The collection is both cool and functional. Think zippers concealing hoods, extended sides of mesh and more. Each of the pieces, which include two pairs of pants, a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a skirt, two tanks and a sports…Read More



The Best V-Neck Tee Ever

{Moto Jacket: H&M. Tee: Calypso St. Barth Isabel V-Neck Linen Tee . Jeans: Mossimo. Booties: Saint Laurent. Necklace: c/o InPink. Photographed by Me.} Behold! I’ve found the greatest tee ever. For years I’ve been scooping up v-necks, hoping to find the holy grail of tees, but they’d fall apart in the wash, get holes, pucker at the shoulders, require me to use the iron post wash. Somehow, they always turned into an epic failure of a shirt. But alas, I’ve finally done it. I’ve tasted the perfection that is Calypso St. Barth’s perfect v-neck tee.  What makes it soooooo great, you ask? The linen fabric, the deep, plunging tee, it’s perfect hip-hitting length, the fact that it’s cut slim so it’s not a bulky disaster. It’s a pricey little shirt ($75), but considering how often I wear it, it’s worth the funds. Is it slated to become the (Seinfeld reference)…Read More



The Blogger Photographer

{Sweater: Target. Distressed denim: Mossimo. Hat: Vintage. Booties: c/o  Ecco Pawi Pull On. Necklace: Vintage. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris.} So what am I doing Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-style today on the blog? I’m getting eye-level with my photog for the day. Yup, I handed over the camera to kiddo to do some shooting. Hey, a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do. I’ve been enlisting the help of my new tripod, but sometimes you just need a person and not a stick to do some shooting with, and enlisting a professional photog isn’t always an option. So today, that person was Milly. It’s funny but the other night at the First Street Fashion event I got into a convo with a few bloggers about photogs. The blogger mom, boyfriend, husband, next-door-neighbor gets the opportunity to tap into their inner photog, most times whether they like it or not,…Read More



The January Beauty Board

Take a look at what I’m loving this month in the January Beauty Board … A new bauble for the new year, thanks to Swarovski. This rose gold chain and charm on the Swarovski Tactic Pendant are the perfect bit of bling to add to those sweaters that have recently been getting a major workout this month. If this bottle were a dress, I would wear it all day long. Instead, the Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum is a blend of hyacinth, fig leaf, grapefruit, pink pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli, that ‘s equally wearable. Find it at Neiman Marcus. Plucking is such a pain, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. At least these stunning Luxe Edition Crystal Slant Tweezers at Neiman Marcus make the ugly task that much prettier. And considering I’m all about Swarovski crystal-covered goodies this month, how could I pass these up? No…Read More



The Most Decadent Pedicure in the World

Behold, the most amazing pedicure in the world. Yup, those are 150 Swarovski crystals individually glued to my toes, thanks to Lapis Spa at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The spa is now offering the pedicure, complete with red, blue, gold or silver crystals. Leymi, my super-skilled nail tech, started with CND’s Vinylux Red Baroness polish (because it dries fast). Next, she individually adhered each crystal to my toes (big toes last) with nail glue. After letting the crystals sit, she covered with a CND top coat and voila, the most amazing feet on the planet. They look just like Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The rules of the road are no closed-toe shoes for 72 hours, so haul out those flip-flops. The pedicure takes 90 minutes and costs $200, which is well worth it, considering you’ll have the most spectacular toes around town. Currently, Lapis is offering one finger per hand in…Read More



Upside Down

{The (Un) Mat: c/o Lululemon. Bikini top: Zingara. Pants: c/o Buddha Pants. Super serious face by me.} I’ve been hitting yoga hard lately, which feels incredible. It’s nice to be back in a routine, especially with my new LuluLemon mat—for yoga on the go (it’s super lightweight for impromptu yoga). My favorite part of yoga (other than escaping from the real world for 60-90 minutes) are inversions. It’s challenging, which makes it fun, but it’s also a great way to get the blood flowing in the other direction. My mantra for inversions is the Jack Johnson song “Upside Down,” which already holds a special place in my heart. Curious George was the first movie Milly ever watched and it’s the title track of the film. Needless to say, it was the theme song to her—and my—life that year. So here ‘ya go. When life gets a little hairy, get upside…Read More



From the Coldest Day of the Year to …

{Bathing suit: Alexis. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Bracelets: Vintage} From 50 to 90. From jackets and gloves to the most beautiful beach day. From Seattle-esque doom to sunscreen. This weather is insanity. But I’ll take the rising mercury any day of the week. A weekend perfect for a beach outing vs. a weekend in sweatpants and sipping hot coco. There’s no comparison. Who knows how long it will last, but enjoy it while you can. Yesterday’s weather was perfection. Here’s hoping today’s will be, too.



The Coldest Day of the Year

{Love sweatshirt: Forever 21. Leather pants: Alessandra Gold. Scarf: Vintage. Beret: Target. Boots: c/o Ecco Pawi Pull On. Leather gloves: c/o Express. Photographed by ME—with my new tripod.} Brrrrrrrrrrr! Today’s conversation with my fellow Midwestern Miami transplant: Me: I’m freaking freezing. Minnesota Nice: It’s 50. Me: I’m freezing. Minnesota Nice: You’re from the Midwest, that’s embarrassing. Me: I was talking to someone about the cold on Sunday and she said she loved it. I told her I hated it. She asked me if I was from Miami. I told her I was from the Midwest and she said that’s why. You see, you forget, but then it gets cold and you start to remember those frozen days when it was so bad that you couldn’t go to school and your mom still made you play outside because you were driving her nuts. And then you’d be trapped in the frozen tundra…Read More